I’m in the hospital, how can I exercise?

It’s a fact of life, hospital stays may be necessary during your treatment, and, yes, you can exercise while in the hospital.  Walking the floor, body weight movements and possibly strengthening with tubing or bands are some of the exercises you’ll be able to do. 

If you have a port,  no strengthening with bands or tubing on that side.  Isometric strengthening should be ok, but, do check with your medical staff. If you have a Hickman ® Line  or PICC line, you can move that shoulder in any direction but avoid strong swinging or forceful stretching. Avoid heavy resistance exercise on that side and be careful not to pull on the line.

Sit to stands, wall squats, lunges, wall push-ups, and wall planks strengthen the core in addition to strengthening the upper and lower body.  If you have tubing or bands, seated rows, bicep curls and triceps kickbacks target the remainder of your body.

Walking  the ward helps maintain your cardio conditioning.  

As always if you have any questions, check with your medical team.

 

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